Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
  

Insignia

Written by S. J. Kincaid
Part of the Insignia Trilogy Series

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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013 Alex Rider meets Hogwarts in space in this futuristic action adventure debut! In the first book in this fast-paced and futuristic trilogy, S J Kincaid asks significant questions concerning the use of technology, the value of human life and if games really can save the world. 20th Century Fox have pre- emptively bought the film rights for the first book in the series.


A READER REVIEW:
'An amazing adventure novel with an ingenious plot, Insignia will plague your thoughts and dreams until you reach the breathtaking conclusion- that is if you don’t devour it all in one sitting!! The author has found the perfect way to capture her readers; you won’t be able to put this book down!!' - Morgan Steigmann

...AND CHECK OUT FURTHER READER REVIEWS BY TEENAGERS IN THE REVIEW SECTION FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE

A PIECE OF PASSION FROM HOT KEY PUBLISHER EMILY THOMAS: Just a few pages into INSIGNIA I was gripped. And this coming from a self-confessed technophobe! It’s utterly engaging and for me echoes brilliantly some major influences in children’s fiction today. Tom Raines is the archetypal autonomous and empowered teen hero, such as James in the bestselling CHERUB novels. And with its military academy backdrop INSIGNIA has the warmth and camaraderie of Hogwarts – but better yet, in space! And it’s got riveting action and adventure that would give Stormbreaker a run for its money. Add to that the highly contemporary gaming theme and a sprinkling of romantic frisson, this is a book for both boys and girls who demand a substantial read. I was thinking about Tom and looking forward to his continuing adventures long after I read the last sentence in the first INSIGNIA volume. Needless to say, I am impatiently waiting for volume 2!

Synopsis

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid

Tom Raines is suddenly recruited into the US Army to train as a virtual reality combatant to see if he is good enough to help fight World War Three. Equipped with a new computer chip in his brain, it looks like Tom might actually become somebody. But what happens when you start to question the rules?

Reviews

In August 2012 Lovereading asked our teen members and browsers whether they would like to review this title ahead of publication. We had lots of requests to do so and a number of lucky readers were selected and were sent a copy. Below you can find out what they thought:

'An amazing adventure novel with an ingenious plot, Insignia will plague your thoughts and dreams until you reach the breathtaking conclusion- that is if you don’t devour it all in one sitting!! The author has found the perfect way to capture her readers; you won’t be able to put this book down!!' - Morgan Steigmann - Click here to read the full review.

'Insignia delves into the darkest depths of imagination, combining an ingenious story with the overwhelming realisation of what our future could hold. This book has a very likeable main character, a well-thought-out twist and a plot that would make The Hunger Games weep with jealousy…' - Katy Panter - Click here to read the full review.

'Combining enchanting characters and an energetic plot which cries out for a sequel, INSIGNIA is a book for anyone and everyone who loves the tale of a deserving hero.' Lauren Geary - Click here to read the full review.

'All in all, Insignia is a well-written book with a twisting and turning plotline that truly should be read. My congratulations to S.J Kincaid!' Eve Taggart - Click here to read the full review.

'On first glance, Insignia didn't look like the sort of book I'd want to buy but do you know what? Insignia is definitely a top ten favourite. I was shocked that I liked it so much and I'm glad I was chosen to review it because if hadn’t I would never have been able to experience its awesomeness!' Hazal Kirci - Click here to read the full review.

'INSIGNIA is a powerful book that delves into a new world, giving readers an insight to the power of computers and how manipulative a mind control programme could be.' Eloise Greenberry - Click here to read the full review.

'I am really happy I got to review this. Insignia is fascinating, the world building is excellent. Cramming in an entire history without boring the reader is really hard to do and S.J. Kincaid not only succeeded but actually made it interesting...Insignia isn’t just a good but a great book.' Luna's Little Library - Click here to read the full review.

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Insignia is Harry Potter for gamers, with a six-pack of 'Top Gun' thrown in for good measure, and reading it was like playing an incredibly addictive video game – once I started I just couldn’t put it down…’ - Bookzone4Boys

Insignia grabbed hold from page one and didn't let go till the end. It's warfare on a whole new playing field where you need your wits and skills to stay in the game.’ - Much Loved Books

'INSIGNIA expertly combines humour with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won't be able to put it down' - Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author of the DIVERGENT series


'INSIGNIA completely took my breath away! Guys and girls, geeks and technophobes - everyone is going to love this book...one of my favourite books of the year!' - Jo Stapley, onceuponabookcase.blogspot.co.uk


'It's as if it should come with a message - this book will self-destruct after the very last sentence' - Casey, dark-readers.com

About the Author

S. J. Kincaid

S. J. Kincaid is a fully trained nurse who wrote six books before INSIGNIA was picked up to be published. She originally wanted to be an astronaut, but decided to become a full-time writer after spending a year studying in Edinburgh and living next to a haunted graveyard. Her favourite place to write is her apartment, and she has reverted back to being a lover of print books after a brief flirtation with (and expensive destruction of) an e-reader. S. J. Kincaid lives in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
464 pages
Interest Age: From 13

Author

S. J. Kincaid
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Author's Website

www.sjkincaid.com/

Publisher

Hot Key Books

Publication date

2nd August 2012

ISBN

9781471400001

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Publisher Profile

Hot Key Books is an imprint of Hot Key

logo Hot Key Books, a division of Bonnier Publishing, publish stand out, quality fiction, for 9 – 19 year olds, print and digital that people like to talk about. If you are looking for something a little bit different from your books, something a little bit special then Hot Key Books may well have just what you want.

Publisher's Website

https://www.hotkeybooks.com

Publisher's Blog

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